Writer Forum: The Most Valuable Münchener

Alexander Hassenstein

Now that the greatest season in FC Bayern Munich history is now over, the discussion can begin on the "MVP" of die Roten. Here is the BFW writer take in this week's Writer Forum.

Ryan Cowper: Thomas Müller

The 23 year old's contributions go far beyond his team leading 22 goals, and his 15 assists in all competitions. It comes down to his versatility. Arjen Robben goes down and Thomas Muller plugs in as the right attacking mid for months. Toni Kroos goes down and Thomas Muller plugs in as the center attacking mid and becomes the hub of the teams offense for 3 months including huge matches against the Italian and Spanish champions, the Champions League final. He plays defense and he can run and run. Everytime time he steps foot on the pitch, you know you will be getting 125% for 90 minutes.

He may not be the flashy player, but he is consistent, versatile, and he held this teams attack together over the course of the season despite injuries. He is my vote for MVP.

Phillip Quinn: Javier Martínez

For me, the player that made the biggest difference this season was Javi Martinez. The €40 million man came in with a lot of pressure on his shoulders to live up to that price tag, and he performed exceptionally well throughout the campaign. The double pivot partnership with Bastian Schweinsteiger emerged as the world's best midfield pair, and Javi's more defensive-minded game has allowed Bastian to move forward more to bolster the attack. I expect him to continue his stellar form again next season under Pep Guardiola

Scott Schroder: Javier Martínez

Javier hardly seemed like he'd be worth the money when Bayern signed him after a storm of rumors and negotiations. Now, the move cannot be disputed. What Javi did, ultimately, was that in a broad sense he freed up Bastian Schweinsteiger to have the season of his life. As his career has progressed, Basti has generally dropped further and further back on the pitch, most notably with Kroos joining him in the defensive midfield last season. While this is partly due to the left and right backs doing their fair share of attacking, having a player with Javi's capabilities has allowed Basti to choose how he'll be most effective; be that in the attack or making the pass from the middle or defensive third to set up the attack.

His most direct competitor for the position would have to be Luis Gustavo (Kroos is an attacking midfielder by trade and Tymoshchuk is a good step below Goose in my opinion), so the difference between the two players and two seasons can be measured several ways. First, Gustavo can either be excellent defensively or a disaster because he has a bit of a problem picking up cards. Also, yes, he does a good job picking out passes to intercept, but he also isn't the best at one-on-one defending. Javi is solid all-around. Second, while Gustavo likely has a better shot (though he took them more frequently last in last season's team than Martinez did in this season's Bayern), Javi has vision that is comparable to Schweini rather than Goose. Two different levels. And this team doesn't need a scorer as much as it needs a passer from the defensive midfield. The Next FCB Star is indeed number 8.

Davis VanOpdorp: Dante

It is pretty simple for me; Bayern's defense last year was good, but not great. All of a sudden, a Brazilian from Borussia Monchengladbach comes in for just €4.7 million and makes the back line a strength. Martínez was also a huge part to the improved back four, but Dante was a huge mainstay at a position that had an inconsistent option in Jérôme Boateng, an older and slower option in Daniel van Buyten, and a hurt option in Hogler Badstuber. Dante was on the pitch in 44 of 55 games, and only came on as a substitute once. There is a reason that Bayern only gave up multiple goals in four Bundesliga games this season (three of which Dante started), and to me, that reason is four words: Dante Bonfim Costa Santos.

[UPDATE] Samrin Hasib: Bastian Schweinsteiger

He is the Messi of Bayern. When Basti is missing, Bayern falls apart. Basti was absent in two of the three matches which Bayern lost. In the final, as Basti grew into the match, Bayern grew. Last season, Bayern fell apart when Basti fell apart (after dearest Gokhan Inler decided to break his neck) in 2011-12. His consistency (as he finally had the right partner in Javier Martinez) saw Bayern get to where they are. He is truly the heart and soul of Bayern. I would vote for Martinez as second, Dante as third and the Muller-Kroos duo for fourth. But, there is no debate in my mind. Basti's progress from runner up to champion has been Bayern's progress from runner up to champion.

Enough from us, who do you think was Bayern's most valuable Münchener? Franck Ribéry was the Bundesliga player of the year, but is he Bayern's most valuable asset?

Vote in the poll below and comment on who you think is the most valuable Münchener.

Mia san triple! From all of us, thanks for reading.

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